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Energy (and Other) Events - March 9, 2014

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Monday March 10

10am  Transport Architectures for an Evolving Internet
12pm  "The Energy Outlook"
12:15pm  "Carbon Technocracy: East Asian Energy Regimes and the Industrial Modern"
12:30pm  Transparent Structure - Designing with Glass
1pm  The Password That Never Was
2:30pm  The Dynamics of Natural Monopoly Regulation and Political Environments
3pm  "Pipelines and Energy Infrastructure in Developing Countries: Risks and challenges"
3:30pm  Surveillance after Snowden: Decoding the "Snooping Scandal"
4pm  Herbie Hancock:  The Ethics of Jazz - Innovation and New Technologies
4pm  The Contours of Contemporary Fertility Declines: A Fresh Assessment
6pm  The Fall of MtGox
6pm  Container Gardening with Native Plants
7pm  Science by the Pint:  “Structures and Signaling: How your cells work at the subatomic level”

Tuesday, March 11

Whole Earth Summit
8am  Boston TechBreakfast: Priori Legal, @Pay, Agora, RapidMiner, DapperJobs
12pm  Transportation System Resilience, Extreme Weather, and Climate Change
12pm  "Bottom-up, Top Down & Sideways. Prespectives on Evolutionary & Ecological Process: Consequences for Conservation Policy."
12pm  Michele Norris, NPR host and special correspondent
12:30pm  A Roadmap to Cyberpeace
12:30pm  Three Years after the 3.11 Disasters: Lessons and Reflections
3pm  A 50% Reduction in Transport Emissions ? How is that possible ?
4pm  China 2035: Energy, Climate, and Development Lecture Series
4pm  Meanings of Mandela
4pm  Tools in the Search for another Earth: Coronagraphic Space Telescope with Wavefront Control
5pm  Your Future Smart Wristband
5:15pm  Religion and Social Welfare: How Faith-State Partnerships Can Save the World
5:30pm  Legatum Lecture: Next Generation Strategies for the Base of the Pyramid
6pm  How Dungeons & Dragons and Fantasy Prepare You for Law and Life
6pm  SABRe – Sensor Augmented Bass Clarinet– Lecture and Concert
6:30pm  GreenPort Forum Climate Emergency Refuge in Cambridgeport:  A discussion with faith based organizations
6:30pm  BostonCHI: Crowdsourcing Inside the Enterprise

Wednesday, March 12

12pm  Commercialization of a MEMS Solid Oxide Fuel Cell
2:30pm  Exploring Asteroids
2:30pm  Trade Liberalization, the Price of Quality, and Inequality: Evidence from Mexican Store Prices - joint with Harvard Devo and MIT Trade Group
4:15pm  Abel Sanchez, Geospatial Data Center executive director and chief technology architect
5pm  "What Can We Hope to Know About the Future of the Energy System?”
5pm  The Writer as Witness: Poetry On and Off the Firing Line
5pm  All Power to the Networks
6pm  Mass Innovation Nights MIN60
6:30pm  Important People Honest Conversations with Adam Melonas
7:30pm  David Catalunya, Medieval Keyboard Concert

Thursday, March 13

12pm  Design from Concept to Realization – The swissnex Story
3:30pm  Compton Lecture by Hon. Valerie Jarrett
4pm  How Mathematics Impacts Your Daily Life
4pm  Ozone Depletion: An Enduring Challenge
4pm  Center for Computational Engineering 2014 Student Symposium
4:15pm  SSRC Seminar: MIT BLOSSOMS: In-Class Learning of Math and Science in a Different Way
4:30pm  Brazil 2014: Soccer, Elections, and the Excitement Ahead
5pm  Olafur Eliasson Artist Lecture:  “Holding hands with the sun”
5pm  Geonengineering Series: Exploration of Marine Cloud Brightening
5pm  Kate Crawford
5pm  Info Table: MassChallenge
5:30pm  The Rise of China: Implications for the Japanese Military and the US-Japan Alliance
5:30pm  Askwith Forum: Is Public Education Dead?
7pm  Earth-Centered Ethics - The Missing Pillar?

Friday, March 14

12pm  Starr Forum: Ukraine: What's Next?
2pm  MacVicar Day 2014
6pm  “The Art and Science of Solar Lights”
7pm  “Climate Solutions: Meeting the Challenge”
7pm  "AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs" - Film Screening

Monday, March 17

6pm  Understanding the Urban Heritage: The Cultural Wire-Scape of Historic Lahore
7pm  ACT Lecture | Kazue Kobata: Migration Inside-Out: Contemplate, Imagine, Act

Tuesday, March 18

2pm  A Conversation with the Next Generation: A New Social Compact
6pm  Rights of Way
6:30pm  Space Day Conference


My rough notes on some of the events I go to are at:



Monday March 10

Transport Architectures for an Evolving Internet
Monday, March 10, 2014
10:00am to 11:00am
Harvard, Maxwell Dworkin G125, 25 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Keith Winstein, MIT
The technologies that make up the Internet are changing every year, but some transport protocols continue to act as though the Internet behaved as it did 20 years ago. This can cause poor performance on newer networks -- cellular networks, datacenters -- and makes it more challenging to roll out networking technologies that break markedly with the past. How do we make applications and protocols keep up with an evolving network? I will describe the Sprout algorithm, a transport protocol designed for videoconferencing over cellular networks, that uses probabilistic inference to forecast network congestion in advance. On commercial cellular networks, Sprout gives 2-to-4 times the throughput and 7-to-9 times less delay than Skype, Apple Facetime, and Google+ Hangouts.

This work led to Remy, a computer program that generates transport protocols automatically, as a function of a protocol designer's assumptions about the network and statement of an objective function. Remy's computer-generated algorithms can achieve higher performance and greater fairness than some sophisticated human-designed schemes. I will discuss our work on using Remy to probe open questions of Internet congestion control -- what's the cost of maintaining backwards compatibility with existing algorithms, including the Transmission Control Protocol as it exists today? Is there a tradeoff between a protocol's performance today and its ability to adapt to networks of the future?
This talk includes joint work with Anirudh Sivaraman, Pratiksha Thaker, and Hari Balakrishnan.

Speaker Bio:
Keith Winstein is a doctoral candidate at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. His work applies statistical and predictive approaches to teach computers to design better network protocols and applications. He created the Mosh (mobile shell) tool for remote access to Unix-like systems and the Sprout algorithm for cellular networks, which was awarded a 2014 Applied Networking Research Prize. From 2007 to 2010, Keith worked as a staff reporter at The Wall Street Journal, covering science and medicine.

Computer Science Colloquium Series

Contact: Gioia Sweetland
Phone: 617-495-2919


"The Energy Outlook"
Monday, March 10, 2014
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, HKS, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

with Adam Sieminski, Administrator, U.S. Energy Information Administration

ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar Series
Contact Name:  Louisa Lund


"Carbon Technocracy: East Asian Energy Regimes and the Industrial Modern"
Monday, March 10, 2014
12:15pm - 2:00pm
Harvard, Room 100F, Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Victor Seow (Cornell, History)

STS Circle at Harvard
Sandwich lunches are provided. Please RSVP to by Wednesday at 5PM the week before.


Transparent Structure - Designing with Glass
Monday, March 10, 2014
12:30 pm
MIT, Building 7-429, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Jeff Anderson, TriPyramid, Westford, Mass

Architecture | Building Technology Lecture Series
A talk in the Building Technology Discipline Group Lecture Series in the Department of Architecture

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Department of Architecture
For more information, contact:  Anne Simunovic


The Password That Never Was
Monday, March 10, 2014
1:00pm to 2:30pm
Harvard, 60 Oxford Street, Room 330, Cambridge

Ari Juels, Independent security researcher.
Breaches of databases with millions of passwords are becoming a commonplace threat to consumer security. Compromised passwords are also a feature of sophisticated targeted attacks, as the New York Times, for instance, reported of its own intrusions early this year. The most common defense is hashing, a cryptographic transformation of stored passwords that makes verification of incoming passwords easy, but extraction of stored ones hard. “Hard,” though, often isn’t hard enough: Password cracking tools (such as “John the Ripper”) often easily defeat hashing.

I’ll describe a new defense called honeywords. Honeywords are decoys designed to be indistinguishable from legitimate passwords. When seeded in a password database, honeywords offer protection against an adversary that compromises the database and cracks its hashed passwords. The adversary must still guess which passwords are legitimate, and is very likely to pick a honeyword instead, creating a detectible event signaling a breach. I’ll also discuss a related idea, called honey encryption, which creates ciphertexts that decrypt under incorrect keys to seemingly valid messages.

Broadly speaking, Honeywords and honey encryption represent some of the first steps toward the principled use of decoys, a time-honored and increasingly important defense in a world of frequent and sophisticated security breaches.

Honeywords are honey encryption are joint work respectively with Ron Rivest (MIT) and Tom Ristenpart (U. Wisc)

Speaker Bio:   Dr. Ari Juels is an independent security researcher
He was Chief Scientist of RSA (The Security Division of EMC), Director of RSA Laboratories, and a Distinguished Engineer at EMC, where he worked until September 2013. He joined RSA in 1996 after receiving his Ph.D. in computer science from U.C. Berkeley.

His recent areas of interest include “big data” security analytics, cybersecurity, cloud security, user authentication, privacy, medical-device security, biometric security, and RFID / NFC security. As an industry scientist, Dr. Juels has helped incubate innovative new product features and products and advised on the science behind security-industry strategy. He is also a frequent public speaker, and has published highly cited scientific papers on many topics in computer security.

In 2004, MIT’s Technology Review Magazine named Dr. Juels one of the world’s top 100 technology innovators under the age of 35. Computerworld honored him in its “40 Under 40″ list of young industry leaders in 2007. He has received other distinctions, but sadly no recent ones acknowledging his youth.

Center for Research on Computation and Society

Contact: Carol Harlow


The Dynamics of Natural Monopoly Regulation:  Time Inconsistency, Asymmetric Information, and Political Environments
Monday, March 10, 2014
MIT, Building E62-450, 100 Main Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Ali Yurukoglu (Stanford visiting Harvard)

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): IO Workshop
For more information, contact:


"Pipelines and Energy Infrastructure in Developing Countries: Risks and challenges"
Monday, March 10, 2014 
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Belfer Center Library, 3rd floor Littauer Building, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

with Tom Dimitroff, Fellow, Vale Center on Sustainable International Investment, Columbia University; Founding Partner, Infrastructure Development Partnership; Editor, Risk and Energy Infrastructure
Tom Dimitroff is a global authority on risk and cross-border energy infrastructure. He has led multiple negotiating teams delivering globally significant energy projects including the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline, South Caucasus gas pipeline and the gas sales agreement between Turkey and Azerbaijan. He is now lead negotiator for the European Southern Gas Corridor Project.

He has advised several governments and is currently advising the Government of the Republic of South Sudan on their oil infrastructure development needs. Recently, he was consulting editor for "Risk and Energy Infrastructure" published in August 2011.

Open to the public. Refreshments served.

Environment and Natural Resources Program Seminar


Surveillance after Snowden: Decoding the "Snooping Scandal"
Monday, March 10, 2014
MIT, Building E14-648, Silverman Skylline, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Dr. David Lyon, Queen's University - Canada
Revelations from the National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden are making waves around the world. Mass surveillance programs track personal data from internet companies targeting everyone from ordinary citizens to heads-of-state. Many are outraged; few saw the writing on the (Facebook) wall. After commenting on (1), what exactly has been revealed, and (2) some implications, we ask how to respond, in ethical and critical ways? (3) This has been developing for decades: The rise of "risk society" and of data-driven organizations; digital dreams dominate; public-and-private blur into one. (4) Why do we tolerate it? The familiarity factor in everyday surveillance, the fear factor after 9/11 and the fun factor of social media produce compliance, not critique. (5) What's really at stake? Not just privacy and autonomy but accountability, freedom, dignity, in short, human flourishing.

Arthur Miller Lecture on Science and Ethics

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): SHASS Dean's Office, HASTS, STS
For more information, contact:  Randyn Miller


Herbie Hancock:  The Ethics of Jazz - Innovation and New Technologies
WHEN  Mon., Mar. 10, 2014, 4 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Art/Design, Humanities, Lecture, Poetry/Prose, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard
SPEAKER(S)  Herbie Hancock
COST  Free; tickets required
TICKET INFO  Event is free, but tickets are required. Tickets will be available starting at noon on the day of each lecture. Tickets will be available at Sanders Theatre's box office and online (handling fee applies). Limit of 2 tickets per person. Tickets valid until 3:45 p.m. on the day of the event.
NOTE  The Norton Lecturer in 2014 is Herbie Hancock.
4pm, Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Street
Monday, March 24
Monday, March 31


The Contours of Contemporary Fertility Declines: A Fresh Assessment
WHEN  Mon., Mar. 10, 2014, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  The Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, 9 Bow Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Health Sciences, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies
SPEAKER(S)  John Casterline, Robert T. Lazarus Professor in Population Studies, Department of Sociology, and director, Initiative in Population Research, Ohio State University


The Fall of MtGox
Monday, March 10, 2014
6:00 PM
MIT, Building E51-345, 2 Amherst Street, (Memorial Drive and Wadsworth Street,) Cambridge
Join Ryan Selkis for a riveting discussion about the fall of MtGox, once bitcoin's largest exchange. Rumors started swirling last month as MtGox halted withdrawals without official confirmation on solvency. Behind the scenes, over 750,000 bitcoins were missing and Ryan Selkis found himself in possession of very incriminating documentation.  Hear the story of how the "two-bit idiot" uncovered the $460 million fraud which led to the MtGox bankruptcy.


Container Gardening with Native Plants
Monday March 10
6 to 7:30 pm
Walter J. Sullivan Water Purification Facility, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway, Cambridge

No space or time for an in-ground garden? No problem! Join this workshop led by Dan Jaffe of New England Wild Flower Society for advice on how to successfully grow native New England plants in pots. Now’s the time to start planning for the growing season! Registration required: call 617-349-6489 or e-mail


Science by the Pint:  “Structures and Signaling: How your cells work at the subatomic level”
March 10, 2014
7 p.m.
Burren, 247 Elm Street, Davis Square, Somerville

Dr. Stephen Blacklow

Science in the News, the GSAS student group that sponsors these talks, is an organization of PhD students interested in exploring the science behind current headlines and health claims. The group runs a popular lecture series each fall and spring, and it publishes accessible articleson an impressive array of topics, including climate change, low-glycemic-index diets, performing enhancing drugs, and cutting-edge advances in limb prosthetics. SITN also works to bring science into local elementary and secondary schools, offering an educator’s guide and an outreach program to bring graduate students into local classrooms.


Tuesday, March 11

Whole Earth Summit
March 11-13
Webinar at

Epic Event Alert [Free & Online]: 42 extraordinary visionaries, including Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, Charles Eisenstein, Joel Salatin, the founders of the Small Planet Fund, Living Building Challenge, Transition Town, Pachamama Alliance, Bioneers, Appropedia, Kid's Right to Know, Wise Women Tradition, and many others are joining together to share valuable insights around food, water, the commons, ecological activism, regenerative design, social transformation, collective vision and practical models for making a difference.

The Whole Earth Summit airs March 11-13. Free registration is now available online at Participants will have access to conversations with all 42 presenters--some of the world’s leading changemakers who will be sharing their stories, strategies and visions for a whole earth.

Co-producers, Janell Kapoor and Stacey Murphy, say that their goal is “to inspire all of us in creating regenerative communities and a more resilient world.”

Through the generosity of the presenters, their organizations and partners, summit participants will have access to the Whole Earth Toolkit — an extensive collection of online programs, videos, e-books, discounts and skill-building tools designed for people to strengthen their practice of creating the world they want for themselves, future generations, and for life on earth.

The instigators of the Whole Earth Summit bring 34 collective years of hands-on social and environmental activism to this work. Janell Kapoor, Founder of Kleiwerks International, has led on-the-ground natural building trainings for people from over 52 countries. Stacey Murphy, founder of BK Farmyards,  inoculated renegade farming tactics throughout the backyards of Brooklyn, NY. The two have teamed up to launch this first-ever online global summit through the Ashevillage Institute, a 501c3 nonprofit organization they co-direct. “It's another way we can give back to benefit people and our earth, only at a larger scale,” they say.

Ashevillage Institute, based out of Asheville, NC, brings together individuals in community for hands-on, skilling-up, educational programs that activate on-the-ground, nature-based projects with the aim of fostering a vibrant, just and resilient world.  Contact: Anna Pizzo -- Communications Support Team Email |  Website  Facebook


Boston TechBreakfast: Priori Legal, @Pay, Agora, RapidMiner, DapperJobs
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
8:00 AM
Microsoft NERD - Horace Mann Room, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Interact with your peers in a monthly morning breakfast meetup. At this monthly breakfast get-together techies, developers, designers, and entrepreneurs share learn from their peers through show and tell / show-case style presentations.

And yes, this is free! Thank our sponsors when you see them :)

Agenda for March 2014:
8:00 - 8:15 - Get yer Bagels & Coffee and chit-chat
8:15 - 8:20 - Introductions, Sponsors, Announcements
8:20 - ~9:30 - Showcases and Shout-Outs!
Priori Legal - Kimberly Palsson
@Pay - Mike Hogan
30 Second Lightning "Shout Outs": JOBS
Agora - Elsa Sze
RapidMiner - Giuseppe Taibi
30 Second Lightning "Shout Outs": EVENTS
DapperJobs - Sebastian Fung
~9:30 - end - Final "Shout Outs" & Last Words


Transportation System Resilience, Extreme Weather, and Climate Change
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
12:00 - 12:45 p.m., Eastern Time
55 Broadway, Kendall Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts

William Lyons, Principal Technical Advisor in Transportation Planning, U.S. Department of Transportation, Volpe


"Bottom-up, Top Down & Sideways. Prespectives on Evolutionary & Ecological Process: Consequences for Conservation Policy."
Tuesday, March 11
Harvard University Herbaria Seminar Room, 22 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

Charles Fenster


Michele Norris, NPR host and special correspondent
Tuesday, March 11
12 p.m.
Harvard, Taubman 275, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge

Shorenstein Speaker Series with Michele Norris, NPR host and special correspondent; leads NPR’s Race Card Project, an initiative to foster a wider conversation about race in America.

More information at


A Roadmap to Cyberpeace
March 11, 2014
12:30pm ET
Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett St, 2nd Floor
RSVP required for those attending in person at
This event will be webcast live at 12:30pm ET.

Camille François, Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet & Society
Camille François argues that we should reflect upon the notion of ‘cyberpeace’, giving guidelines to separate war-time cyber activities from peace-time cyber activities, clarifying the operations and legal framework.

This project questions "cyberwar" (the concept, its reality and its legal framework) and examines its relationship to the idea of peace. What is cyberwar, and where does this notion comes from? Doctrinally, the ‘cyber’ realm grew between conceptions of war and peace. We will explore how these blurry lines translated in operations (ex. NSA/USCYBERCOM) and legal frameworks. We will attempt to address the consequences of the framing, and think about why this matters.

About Camille
Camille François joined the Berkman Center as a fellow to work on the legal, political and ethical frames of cybersecurity, cyberwar, and cyberpeace. She also studies how academic institutions address Internet policy issues.

Camille is both a Fulbright Fellow and a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University's Saltzman Institute for War and Peace Studies. She helped structure the School of Public and International Affairs program in Cybersecurity and worked for the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), organizing the Expert Workshop on Privacy in Cyberspace at the agency's headquarters. In 2013, she won first place for Columbia at the Atlantic Council Cyber 9/12 National Challenge in Cyber Policy.

She previously worked for Google in Europe, managing research on market insights, key policy and privacy trends.

In her home country of France she has worked mainly in politics, serving two years in the Parliament as a legislative aide and holding leadership positions in national and local campaigns. She also participated in the main research project on religious politics in the French suburbs, published by the think tank L'Institut Montaigne.

Camille is a free culture advocate: she served on the board of Students for Free Culture, created its French chapter, researched for the Open Video Alliance, and co-founded two Paris-based free cultural start-ups. She enjoys helping out with projects exploring the impact of technology on war and peace, and recently joined the organizing team of the Drones & Aerial Robotics Conference at NYU Law School.

She holds a Master's degree in International Public Management from Sciences-Po Paris University, and a Master's degree in International Security from the Columbia School of Public and International Affairs. She completed her Bachelor at Sciences-Po Paris, with a year as a visiting student at Princeton University, and received legal education at Paris II - Sorbonne Universités.


Three Years after the 3.11 Disasters: Lessons and Reflections
WHEN  Tue., Mar. 11, 2014, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street, Bowie-Vernon Room (K262)
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Program on U.S.-Japan Relations
SPEAKER(S)  Andrew Gordon, Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Professor of History, Harvard University; Miaki Ishii, professor of Earth and planetary sciences, Harvard University; Hiro Saito, postdoctoral fellow, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University


BCSEA Webinar: A 50% Reduction in Transport Emissions? How is that possible?
Tuesday, March 11
3:00 PM EST
Reserve your free Webinar seat now at:

The presentation will describe win-win transportation solutions that are cost-effective and technically feasible, and planning changes that improve transportation modes, apply more efficient pricing, and create accessible, multi-modal communities.

Since the changes provide many economic, social and environmental benefits, they can be justified regardless of the cost assigned to their greenhouse gas emissions.

If they are implemented to the degree that is economically justified, these win-win solutions can achieve a 30-50% reduction in our emissions while helping to address other problems such as traffic congestion, road accidents and inadequate mobility for non-drivers, and supporting economic development.

Todd Litman is founder and Executive Director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, an independent research organization dedicated to developing innovative solutions to transport problems.

His work expands the range of impacts and options that are normally considered in transportation decision-making, improves evaluation methods, and makes specialized technical concepts accessible to a larger audience. His research is used worldwide in transportation planning and policy analysis.

See BCSEA's previous webinars at


China 2035: Energy, Climate, and Development Lecture Series
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Harvard, Science Center C, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Featuring Michael Spence, former Dean of FAS and Nobel Laureate of economics. Currently a Professor of Economics at the Stern School of Business, New York University, Michael Spence is also a Senior Fellow at The Hoover Institution, Stanford University; Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations; and Chairman of the Academic Council, Fung Global Institute. His scholarship focuses on economic policy in emerging markets, the economics of information, and the impact of leadership on economic growth.

“China 2035: Energy, Climate, and Development” is a new lecture series convened by the Harvard University Center for the Environment and the Harvard China Project. The objective of the series is to explore the challenges China is expected to face over the next two decades at the intersection of economic development, demands for energy, and environmental degradation including the potential impacts of climate change.


Meanings of Mandela
WHEN  Tue., Mar. 11, 2014, 4 p.m.
WHERE  Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Committee on African Studies, Department of African and African American Studies, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Presidents Office at Harvard University, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO, 617.495.3611


Tools in the Search for another Earth: Coronagraphic Space Telescope with Wavefront Control
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
MIT, Building 37-252, 0 Vassar Street, Cambridge
Speaker: Kerri Cahoy, MIT Aero/Astro
In the last decade, more than 1000 candidate exoplanets have been discovered. About 5% of Sun-like stars host an Earth-size exoplanet with an orbital period of 200???400 days, which could support liquid water & life. By observing spectral signatures of these planets' atmospheres over a range of visible wavelengths, it is possible determine the gases they contain. However, it is difficult to measure light reflecting off a dim planet positioned next to a bright star. The contrast level required to image an Earth-like planet around a Sun-like star is about 10???10. High-performance coronagraphs can be used to block light from a star & allow observation of an orbiting planet. Any speckles in the background of the image, however, may still be brighter than the planet. Speckles in astronomical images are the result of wavefront corruption caused by effects such as atmospheric turbulence (a primary concern w ground-based telescopes), optical imperfections, thermal distortions, & diffraction. Aberrations in the pupil plane of a telescope can lead to degradation of the point spread function & speckles in the image plane. The higher the spatial frequency of pupil-plane aberrations, the further off-axis the corresponding speckle will be in the image plane. The speckle may then be located at the expected position of a planet. Deformable mirrors (DMs) have high actuator counts & densities.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: no charge
Sponsor(s): Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research
For more information, contact:  Debbie Meinbresse


Your Future Smart Wristband
WHEN  Tue., Mar. 11, 2014, 5 p.m.
WHERE  Radcliffe Institute, Sheerr Room, Fay House, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Health Sciences, Lecture, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S)  Rosalind W. Picard, professor of media arts and sciences; director of Affective Computing; director of the Autism & Communication Technology Initiative; co-director of the Things That Think Consortium, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO 617.496.1084
NOTE  Wrist sensors can now collect some of the core physiological data that changes with emotion and health. This talk will present examples of new things we can learn from a wristband, including interesting patterns related to sleep, stress, engagement, and epileptic seizures.


Religion and Social Welfare: How Faith-State Partnerships Can Save the World
WHEN  Tue., Mar. 11, 2014, 5:15 – 6:15 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Common Room, CSWR, 42 Francis Avenue, Cambridge
SPONSOR Center for the Study of World Religions
CONTACT Lexi Gewertz, 617.495.4476
NOTE  One of the most controversial aspects of President George W. Bush's administration was the creation of state and federal offices that publicly and financially support faith-based organizations across the country. Although under President Obama this office has continued to issue public support for services offered by religious organizations, these faith-based partnerships raise big questions. What are the implications of state funding for religious organizations? Are faith-based services any more effective than nonreligious ones? Please join us as we explore these questions on the role of faith-based organizations as state sponsored social service providers with Harvard Kennedy School's Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life Fr. Bryan Hehir.
This event is part of CSWR Junior Fellow Usra Ghazi's conversation series: Interfaith as Antidote: Models of Faith-Based Civic Engagement. RSVP to


Legatum Lecture: Next Generation Strategies for the Base of the Pyramid
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
MIT, Building E51-325, MIT Tang Center, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Stuart Hart, President, Enterprise for a Sustainable World
It has been a decade since C.K. Prahalad and Stuart Hart first published the article, "The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid" which launched the "BoP" business movement. Since then, many corporate initiatives, entrepreneurial ventures, and innovation centers have been launched focused on the BoP.

This lecture will examine the next-generation BoP strategies that have evolved over the past decade to reinvent industries and create new markets around the world;leapfrog, clean technology strategies, and business models that include and lift the four plus billion poor at the base of the income pyramid.

The first 25 guests to arrive will receive a complimentary copy of one of Stuart Hart's books.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: 0
Sponsor(s): Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship, MIT Sloan Entrepreneurs for International Development
For more information, contact:  Agnes Hunsicker


How Dungeons & Dragons and Fantasy Prepare You for Law and Life
March 11, 2013
Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West A, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP required for those attending in person at
This event will be webcast live (on this page) at 6:00pm ET.

Ethan Gilsdorf, author of Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks, in conversation with Jonathan Zittrain
How is a lawyer like a wizard? How does a courtroom resemble an epic battle? How is a casebook like the Dungeon Master's Guide? If you played Dungeons & Dragons in another age, or today, then you know this enormously influential role-playing gaming, which shaped the video gaming industry and geek culture, can be perfect training ground for law and life. This low-tech, pencil-and-paper-and-dice game teaches us how to solve problems, be a heroic leader, and achieve a common goal in a collaborative group environment. But the skills, rulebooks and "laws" required to play D&D  --- whether understanding complex "to hit" charts or inventing the backstory of an evil Witch King -- can especially apply to law students. What Dungeon Master or lawyer doesn't need to parley with a foe? In this informal talk and conversation, critic and journalist Ethan Gilsdorf, author of Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks, discusses how D&D's inherent storytelling skills can champion a role for creative play space in both your work and leisure life. We'll also discuss the push and pull of laws and rules vs. imagination in a game like D&D, a book series like Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter, or any fantasy world, and the role of the dungeon master/author/world-builder in the consistent (or inconsistent) application of these rules and standards, and how this all might apply to the imaginary world of law, too.

Jonathan Zittrain will join Ethan Gilsdorf for a conversation about how D&D can be a perfect training ground for law and life.

About Ethan
Ethan Gilsdorf is a journalist, memoirist, critic, poet, teacher and 17th level geek.
He wrote the award-winning travel memoir investigation Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms.

Based in Somerville, Massachusetts, Gilsdorf writes regularly for the New York Times, Boston Globe,,,, Washington Post and He has published hundreds of articles, essays, op-eds and reviews on the arts, pop culture, gaming, geek culture and travel in dozens of other magazines, newspapers, websites and guidebooks worldwide. He has also published dozens of poems in literary magazines and anthologies.


SABRe – Sensor Augmented Bass Clarinet– Lecture and Concert
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
swissnex Boston, , Consulate of Switzerland, 420 Broadway, Cambridge

Matthias Mueller, Professor for Clarinet at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHDK) will present his latest research project: SABRe – Sensor Augmented Bass Clarinet.
The Sensor Augmented Bass Clarinet (SABRe) is a bass clarinet, which is playable in a conventional manner and is equipped with various sensors, with which a computer can be controlled. The original qualities of the instrument are retained, but by connecting it to your computer, a wide field of new applications and application areas open up. Through SABRe - for the first time in history - a musical instrument is made available to the world of art that creates a direct link between acoustic music and the digital world. The musician on stage can directly control this interface and thus put the electronic music spontaneously in a musical context. The development of this tool was made possible through a research project of the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology (ICST) of the Zurich University of the Arts, financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation.
The concert will feature pieces by Matthias Mueller, Hans Tutschku and Lee Hyla, performed by Matthias Mueller, SABRe, and Philipp Stäudlin, Bartione Sax


GreenPort Forum Climate Emergency Refuge in Cambridgeport:  A discussion with faith based organizations
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
6:30 PM
Eitz Chayim, 134 Magazine Street, Cambridge
As we face climate uncertainties, resilience within our own neighborhoods is key - with neighbors looking after one another. Places of refuge play a critical role. Join us for initial discussions and problem solving with leaders of faith based organizations in Cambridgeport: Eitz Chayim, Cambridgeport Baptist Church, and Church of the Nazarene.

GreenPort envisions and encourages a just and sustainable Cambridgeport neighborhood
For more information, contact Steve Wineman at


BostonCHI: Crowdsourcing Inside the Enterprise
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)
IBM Center for Social Business, 1 Rogers Street, Cambridge

Michael Muller, Werner Geyer, Todd Soule, all of IBM Research, Cambridge MA USA , and John Wafer of IBM, Dublin, Ireland discuss their research on Crowdsourcing Inside the Enterprise: New opportunities for collaborative innovation

This research is a collaborative effort between Michael Muller, Werner Geyer, Todd Soule, all of IBM Research, Cambridge MA USA , and John Wafer of IBM, Dublin, Ireland.
Crowdfunding is a relatively recent Internet phenomenon, in which an innovator can propose a project and solicit investments from the public. More than 450 crowdfunding sites are now in operation around the world, such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Rockethub, Kiva, and Donors Choose. Successfully-funded projects span much of human aspiration and intention, including charity, creativity, community service, new business initiatives, and financial rate-of-return.
We describe an experiment in crowdfunding inside IBM. Our project, I Fund IT (previously "1x5"), has been run four times -- twice in research organizations, and twice in an IT organization. Major outcomes include: employee proposals that addressed diverse individual and collective needs; high participation rates; extensive inter-departmental and international collaboration, including the discovery of large numbers of previously unknown collaborators; and the development of goals and motivations based on collective concerns at multiple levels of project groups, communities of practice, and the organization as a whole. Moving crowdfunding "behind the firewall" is transformative, highlighting opportunities for new forms of collaboration among employees and between employees and upper management. We conclude with our current understanding of success factors, best practices, and implications for theory and design.

Michael Muller works in the Collaborative User Experience group of IBM Research, and the IBM Center for Social Software. His work focuses on metrics and analytics for enterprise social software applications, and emergent social phenomena in social software. Earlier IBM work involved activity-centric computing and communities of practice.

Michael is an internationally recognized expert in participatory design and participatory analysis. His work in this area includes the development of methods (CARD, PICTIVE, participatory heuristic evaluation) and theory (ethnocritical heuristics), as well as the creation of taxonomies and encyclopedic descriptions of participatory methodology in handbook chapters. Michael contributed expertise on participatory and qualitative analysis to a recent book from the National Academy of Science, as part of a three-year membership in a human-systems integration committee.

Michael is active in IBM's inventor community. He is head of the Invention Development Team for the Collaborative User Experience group, and was recently recognized as an IBM Master Inventor.

Evening Schedule
6:30 – 7:00   Networking over pizza and beverages
7:00 – 8:30   Meeting
8:30 – 9:00   CHI Dessert and more networking!

IBM is hosting us and providing pre-meeting food.

Wednesday, March 12

Commercialization of a MEMS Solid Oxide Fuel Cell
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
MIT, Building 34-401, Grier Rooms combined, 50 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Samuel Schaevitz, Lilliputian Systems, Inc.
The nectar(TM) Mobile Power System was developed to relieve battery anxiety for portable electronics devices. Silicon micromachining is used to create a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) and other high-temperature components that convert energy-dense butane into electricity, solving challenges with extreme insulation, high-temperature multi-chip sealing, and severe thermal expansion stresses. Integrating the micromachining with an innovative system enables a product which can power the latest smartphones for weeks.

MTL Seminar Series
The MTL Seminar Series is held on Wednesdays at noon. Speakers for the series are selected on the basis of their knowledge and competence in the areas of microelectronics research, manufacturing, or policy. The series is open to the public and is free to attend.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: free
Sponsor(s): Microsystems Technology Laboratories
For more information, contact:  Valerie Dinardo


Exploring Asteroids
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
MIT, Building 37-212, 70 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Prof. Richard Binzel, MIT EAPS

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): AeroAstro, Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium
For more information, contact:  Liz Zotos


Trade Liberalization, the Price of Quality, and Inequality: Evidence from Mexican Store Prices - joint with Harvard Devo and MIT Trade Group
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
MIT, Building E51-376, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Ben Faber (UC Berkeley)

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Development Economics Workshop
For more information, contact: 


Abel Sanchez, Geospatial Data Center executive director and chief technology architect
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
MIT, Building E38-615, 292 Main Street, Cambridge

MIT Sociotechnical Systems Research Center (SSRC) invites you to its next spring seminar in the Conversations on Sociotechnical Systems series. 

Light refreshments will be served. 


"What Can We Hope to Know About the Future of the Energy System?"
WHEN  Wed., Mar. 12, 2014, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Pfizer Lecture Hall, Mallinckrodt Laboratory Room B23, 12 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Science, Sustainability
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard University Center for the Environment
SPEAKER(S)  M. Granger Morgan, University and Lord Chair Professor of Engineering; head and professor, Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
NOTE  Twenty years ago with Hadi Dowlatabadi, Morgan built one of the first detailed integrated assessment models to explore the likely future evolution of the energy system and associated climate impacts. Unlike virtually all integrated assessment models in use today their ICAM model included an extensive treatment of uncertainty in model functional form as well as uncertainty in the value of specific coefficients. They found that within a very wide range, they could get almost any answer they wanted depending on the assumptions made and concluded that using integrated assessment to search for optimal global climate policy made no sense.
Subsequently, Morgan has conducted a wide range of more focused studies of specific parts of the energy system. In parallel, he has done work that critically assessed methods of scenario analysis and energy forecasting. In this talk, Morgan will briefly recap some of this previous work and then discuss, and seek suggestions on, a number of issues related to doing a better job of incorporating uncertainty into energy forecasts that he plans to explore over the course of the next several years.
M. Granger Morgan is Professor and Head of the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University where he is also University and Lord Chair Professor in Engineering. In addition, he holds academic appointments in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and in the H. John Heinz III College. His research addresses problems in science, technology and public policy with a particular focus on energy, environmental systems, climate change and risk analysis. Much of his work has involved the development and demonstration of methods to characterize and treat uncertainty in quantitative policy analysis. At Carnegie Mellon, Morgan directs the NSF Center for Climate and Energy Decision Making. He is also director of the newly-formed campus-wide Wilton E.Scott Institute for Energy Innovation. Morgan serves as Chair of the Scientific and Technical Council for the International Risk Governance Council. In the recent past, he served as Chair of the Science Advisory Board of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and as Chair of the Advisory Council of the Electric Power Research Institute, of which he is now again a member. He holds a BA from Harvard College (1963) where he concentrated in Physics, an MS in Astronomy and Space Science from Cornell (1965) and a Ph.D. from the Department of Applied Physics and Information Sciences at the University of California at San Diego (1969).


The Writer as Witness: Poetry On and Off the Firing Line
WHEN  Wed., Mar. 12, 2014, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Reading Room, Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Humanities, Lecture, Poetry/Prose, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Canada Program, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
SPEAKER(S)  Gary Geddes, poet and writer
COST  Free and open to the public
NOTE  W. H. Auden is often quoted in his poem on the death of W. B. Yeats, whose speaker says: "Poetry makes nothing happen." This was not Auden's own view on the subject, and probably not that of Yeats, either. Auden's view of art is best expressed in his essays in The Dyer's Hand, where he says: "The mere making of a work of art is a political act" because it reminds the managers that we are not automatons, but living beings. Poetry, whatever its essential subject, is subversive; at its best, poetry flies below the radar, nests in the ear, stirs up the neurons.
Gary Geddes is one of Canada's best-known and most celebrated writers. He has written and edited more that forty-five books of poetry, fiction, drama, non-fiction, criticism, translation and anthologies and won a dozen national and international literary awards, including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize (Americas Region), the National Magazine Gold Award, B. C.'s Lt.-Governor's Award for Literary Excellence and the Gabriela Mistral Prize from the government of Chile, awarded simultaneously to Octavio Paz, Vaclav Havel, Ernesto Cardenal, Rafael Alberti and Mario Benedetti. His latest works are the non-fiction book Drink the Bitter Root: A Writer's Search for Justice and Healing in Africa and a selection of poems called What Does A House Want?


All Power to the Networks
WHEN  Wed., Mar. 12, 2014, 5 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Nebel Room 359, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Art/Design, Classes/Workshops, Education, Humanities, Lecture, Poetry/Prose
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Department of Comparative Literature
SPEAKER(S)  Sorin Radu Cucu, professor of English, LaGuardia College, CUNY


Mass Innovation Nights MIN60
March 12, 2014
Microsoft NERD Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Are you ready for Mass Innovation Nights #60? We promise it will be an event not to be missed! We're back in Kendall Square at the Microsoft NERD center (Microsoft New England R & D Center). A great collection of new products await you.
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Support local innovation, network and have fun at the same time.

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Important People Honest Conversations with Adam Melonas
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Startup Institute Boston 179 Lincoln Street, Suite 405 Boston (Please use the entrance at 1 Surface Street)

The morning after an evening spend trick-or-treating, a 13 year old boy had an argument with his health-conscious father when he found most of his candy had been confiscated. Surely, this scene has played out time and again in households across our country, but this time was different because Nicky asked, "why not make candy with good-for-you ingredients?" From there, UNREAL Candy was born. One year later, their product could be found in every major CVS, Target, and Stop&Shop.

On Wednesday, March 12, we're excited to welcome Adam Melonas, Co-Founder and Chief Innovation of UNREAL Candy. Adam is responsible for creating a candy without the corn syrup, artificial ingredients, and partially hydrogenated oils typically found in candies, and creating a product with responsibly sourced incredients. And guess what? It still tastes good!

Allan Telio, VP & Director of Startup Institute Boston, will moderate a candid conversation with Adam. Wine, beer, and cheese will be served at 6:30pm, and the conversation will begin at 7:00pm. Please use the hashtag #IPHC.


David Catalunya, Medieval Keyboard Concert
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
MIT, Building 14W-111, Killian Hall, Hayden Library Building, 160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

A concert by David Catalunya, a Medieval keyboard player and music researcher from Barcelona currently on the faculty of W??rzburg. He is one of the greatest minds in medieval music both from a research stand point (his dissertation on 14th c. Spanish music is winning every award in Europe) and as a performer (with the group Mala Punica and his own group Canto Coronato). His most recent work has been in recreating "mechanized psaltries"/"hammered clavicembela" of the early fifteenth century -- that is to say, medieval pianos (that play soft and loud). Listen to live on his website: 7:30pm, Killian Hall. Free.

Open to: the general public
Cost: FREE
Sponsor(s): Music and Theater Arts
For more information, contact:  Clarise Snyder

Thursday, March 13

Design from Concept to Realization – The swissnex Story
Thursday, March 13, 2014 
12:00pm - 1:00pm
swissnex Boston, Consulate of Switzerland, 420 Broadway Cambridge

Lecture by Muriel Waldvogel, Architect and Lecturer at EPFL
Muriel Waldvogel designed the offices of swissnex Boston – the world’s first science Consulate! Waldvogel will talk about the “swissnex story” from the concept until the realization of this cutting edge organization. Join us for a lunch event with Muriel!
About the Speaker:  Visual designer and architect, who is Visiting Lecturer on Visual and Environmental Studies. She received her BA from Barnard College, and her master’s in architecture and PhD in visual design from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich (CH). She is an architect and a specialist on the senses of perception as they relate to the digital realm. Her work explores the nature of multi-sensory experiencing and expression, with a particular focus on the feelings, emotions, and thoughts evoked by the sense of touch that are hidden in images and spaces.

More information at


Compton Lecture by Hon. Valerie Jarrett
Thursday, March 13, 2014
MIT, W16, Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Ave (Rear), Cambridge

Speaker: Hon. Valerie Jarrett
On Thursday, March 13, 2014, the Honorable Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama, will visit our campus to deliver the Karl Taylor Compton lecture, "Built to Last: Opportunity, and the Economics of Empowerment". The event, hosted and moderated by President L. Rafael Reif, will take place at 3:30 pm in Kresge Auditorium.

All are invited to attend the lecture. No tickets are required, but please be prepared to present photo ID at the entrance to Kresge.
The Karl Taylor Compton Lecture Series was established in 1957 to honor the late Karl Taylor Compton, who served as president of MIT from 1930 to 1948 and as chairman of the MIT Corporation from 1948 to 1954. The lecture series gives the MIT community direct contact with the important ideas of our times and with people who have contributed much to modern thought.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): President's Office
For more information, contact:  Institute Events


How Mathematics Impacts Your Daily Life
Thursday, March 13, 2014
MIT, Building 26-100, Access Via 60 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Dr. Cleve Moler, co-Founder of Mathworks
Dr. Cleve Moler is the original creator of MATLAB and co-Founder of Mathworks. He will examine the mathematics at the heart of some MATLAB and Simulink functions that affect, and possibly save, lives every day.

Web site:
Open to: open to the general public, registration via website is needed
Sponsor(s): Center for Computational Engineering, Computation for Design and Optimization
For more information, contact:  Hadi Kasab 


Ozone Depletion: An Enduring Challenge
Thursday, March 13, 2014
MIT, Building 48-316, 15 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Susan Solomon
The discovery of the Antarctic ozone hole shocked the world in 1985 and led to remarkable changes in environmental science as well as policy. In this talk, I will review some key aspects of the history of ozone science, and will describe new research in my group on two topics: i) the chemistry of ozone depletion in the Arctic and Antarctic, and ii) southern hemisphere surface climate impacts of the ozone hole.

Susan Solomon is the Ellen Swallow Richards Professor of atmospheric chemistry and climate science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Environmental Sciences Seminar Series
Join us for a weekly series of EFM/Hydrology topics by MIT faculty and students, as well as guest lecturers from around the globe.

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Civil and Environmental Engineering
For more information, contact:  Colette Heald


Center for Computational Engineering 2014 Student Symposium
Thursday, March 13, 2014
MIT, Building 26-100, 34-401B, Access Via 60 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Dr. Cleve Moler, co-Founder of Mathworks
The Center for Computational Engineering (CCE) invites graduate students, postdocs, faculty members, and other CCE-affiliated researchers to a symposium highlighting student research in computational science and engineering at MIT. The symposium will feature student research demonstrating the development of computational methods and diverse applications of computational tools in engineering, science, and social sciences, ranging from supply chain management and economics to aeronautical engineering and fluid dynamics. Graduate students are encouraged to submit a poster as an opportunity to present their research to peers, professors, and members of the CCE community.

This symposium will consist of two parts: (i) a keynote speaker, Dr. Cleve Moler, and (ii) a poster session. Refreshments will be provided.

Web site:
Open to: open to the general public, registration via website is needed
Tickets: website
Sponsor(s): Center for Computational Engineering, Computation for Design and Optimization
For more information, contact:  Hadi Kasab


SSRC Seminar: MIT BLOSSOMS: In-Class Learning of Math and Science in a Different Way
Thursday, March 13, 2014
MIT, Building E25-111, 45 Carleton Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Richard Larson, Mitsui Professor of Engineering Systems, Director, Center for Engineering Systems Fundamentals
Designing Sociotechnical Systems for a Complex World

Please join us at our first spring seminar in the SSRC Occasional Distinguished Lecture Series. Prof. Richard Larson will introduce BLOSSOMS, review its history, highlight current projects in Malaysia, China, and Massachusetts, and discuss possible new work. A reception will follow the presentation.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Sociotechnical Systems Research Center
For more information, contact:  Jacqueline Paris


Brazil 2014: Soccer, Elections, and the Excitement Ahead
Thursday, March 13, 2014
MIT, Building E53-482, 30 Wadsworth Street, Cambridge

Daniela Magalhaes Prates, Professor of Economics at the Institute of Economics of the State University of Campinas (Unicamp);
Marcus Melo, Professor of Political Science at the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE);
Sergio Lazarini, Professor at INSPER (Sao Paulo);
Timothy J. Power, Director of the Brazilian Studies Program (University of Oxford, UK)
Moderator: Ben Ross Schneider, Ford International Professor of Political Science and Director of the MIT-Brazil Program

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MISTI, Center for International Studies, MIT-Brazil, MIT Political Science Department
For more information, contact:  Rosabelli Coelho-Keyssar
617- 258-6007


Olafur Eliasson Artist Lecture:  “Holding hands with the sun”
Thursday, March 13
5:00 p.m.
MIT, Building 10-250, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Free and open to the public but reservations strongly recommended:


Geonengineering Series: Exploration of Marine Cloud Brightening
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Harvard, Haller Hall (Geo Museum 102), 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Phil Rasch, Chief Scientist for Climate Science, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Finding safe, secure alterative ways to combat climate change requires exploration and innovation. Join us to learn more about this topic from leading climate engineering researchers. Sponsored by HUCE and the MIT Joint Program on Global Change

Dr. Philip Rasch serves as the Chief Scientist for Climate Science at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), a Department of Energy Office of Science research laboratory. In his advisory role, he provides leadership and direction to PNNL's Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change (ASGC) Division. The Division conducts research on the long‐term impact of human activities on climate and natural resources using a research strategy that starts with measurements and carries that information into models, with a goal of improving the nation's ability to predict climate change.

Dr. Rasch provides oversight to more than 90 researchers who lead and contribute to programs within a number of government agencies and industry. These programs focus on climate, aerosol and cloud physics; global and regional scale modeling; integrated assessment of global change; and complex regional meteorology and chemistry.

Dr. Rasch received a Bachelor Degree in Atmospheric Science and another in Chemistry from the University of Washington in 1976. He then moved to Florida State University for a Master of Science in Meteorology. He went to the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado as an Advanced Study Program (ASP) Graduate Fellow to complete his PhD (which was also awarded from Florida State University). Following his PhD, Rasch remained at NCAR, first as ASP Postdoctoral Fellow, and then as a scientist where he worked in various positions. He joined PNNL in 2008. Rasch also holds an adjunct position at the University of Colorado and is an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Atmospheric Science at the University of Washington.

Dr. Rasch is internationally known for his work in general circulation, atmospheric chemistry, and climate modeling. He is particularly interested in the role of aerosols and clouds in the atmosphere, and has worked on the processes that describe these components of the atmosphere, the computational details that are needed to describe them in computer models, and on their impact on climate. For the last five years, he helped to lead the technical development team for the next generation of the atmospheric component of the Community Climate System Model Project, one of the major climate modeling activities in the United States. He also studies geoengineering, or the intentional manipulation of the atmosphere to counteract global warming.

Dr. Rasch was a chair of the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry Program (IGAC, 2004‐2008), and participates on the steering and scientific committees of a number of international scientific bodies. He was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, recognized for his contributions to climate modeling and connecting cloud formation, atmospheric chemistry and climate. He has contributed to scientific assessments for the World Meteorological Organization, NASA and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Contact Name:  Lisa Matthews


Kate Crawford
Thursday, March 13, 2014
MIT, Building 4-231, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Kate Crawford is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research (Social Media Collective), a Visiting Professor at the MIT Center for Civic Media, a Senior Fellow at the Information Law Institute at NYU, and an Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales. She researches how people engage with networked technologies, and analyse the political, cultural, legal, philosophical and policy-making implications. She has done interview-based studies in Australia, India and the US, in big cities and in very small towns. Crawford is interested in how networked data becomes part of our understanding of knowledge, privacy, democracy, intimacy and subjectivity. Her first book Adult Themes was through Pan Macmillan, and she is currently working on a new book.

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Comparative Media Studies/Writing
For more information, contact:  Andrew Whitacre


Info Table: MassChallenge
Thursday, March 13, 2014
5:00pm - 7:30pm
Venture Café (Café Table) @ CIC, One Broadway, Cambridge

Meet MassChallenge staffers to learn more about the application process for the world's largeststartup accelerator. Benefits for startups include world-class mentorship and training, a driven community of fellow entrepreneurs, $10M+ of in-kin d benefits, and $1M+ in cash grants annually with no equity taken and no r estrictions. Early bird appli cationsare due March 5 and all applications are due by April 2.


The Rise of China: Implications for the Japanese Military and the US-Japan Alliance
Thursday, March 13, 2014
MIT, Building 32-155, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Richard Samuels, Ford International Professor of Political Science and director of the MIT Center for International Studies, is an expert on Japanese studies.
Taylor Fravel, associate professor of political science and member of the Security Studies Program at MIT, studies China's foreign and security policies.
Tatsuhiro Tanaka, Major General (Retired, Japan Self Defense Force), senior fellow, Harvard Asia Center, and research principal, Fujitsu System Integration Laboratory.
Ezra Vogel, Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus at Harvard University, has written on Japan, China, and Asia.
Douglas Paal, vice president for studies at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, previously served as an unofficial U.S. representative to Taiwan as director of the American Institute in Taiwan.

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Center for International Studies
For more information, contact: 


Askwith Forum: Is Public Education Dead?
WHEN  Thu., Mar. 13, 2014, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Longfellow Hall, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge
TYPE OF EVENT Forum, Lecture, Question & Answer Session
BUILDING/ROOM   Askwith Hall
CONTACT NAME   Amber DiNatale
CONTACT PHONE  617-384-9968
REGISTRATION REQUIRED No This event is free and open to the public.
Moderator: James E. Ryan, dean and professor, HGSE
David L. Kirp, professor of public policy, University of California at Berkeley
Christopher Jencks, Ed.M.’59, Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Jal Mehta, associate professor of education, HGSE

Is public education irreparably broken, and are charter schools and vouchers the solution, as many critics claim?
In his latest book, Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America's Schools, David Kirp argues that there is a way to rebuild the public education system and close the achievement gap for all students.
The account centers on Union City, N.J., a poor, crowded Latino community just across the Hudson River from Manhattan, which has brought poor, mostly immigrant kids into the educational mainstream. Union City went from among the worst to perhaps the best urban district not by being trendy but by relying on old-school strategies, building systems of support and creating a culture of trust from preschool through high school.
This forum, which brings together scholars and practitioners, explores what can be learned about genuine education reform from the experience of this school system and similarly successful districts nationwide.
Signed copies of David Kirp's book will be available for purchase at the forum.

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Earth-Centered Ethics - The Missing Pillar?
Thursday, March 13, 2014
First Parish in Cambridge Unitarian Universalist, 3 Church Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge

Boston Area Solar Energy Association Forum
"A new kind of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive and move toward higher levels."
- Albert Einstein, 1946

Einstein's quote responded to the existential threat posed to humanity by the atomic bomb. The Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development, 'Our Common Future' (1987, aka "the Brundtland Report"), sounded the call for sustainable  development, supported by the pillars of economic development, social development and environmental protection, summarized as: "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."   

Our March Forum speaker, Dr. Douglas Zook, believes that such thinking "stalls through the decades in large part due to the long traditions of ethics that exclude the ultimate source of human survival and well-being, earth." His work aims to foster "a way of thinking and valuing that is earth-centric rather than Homo sapiens-centric" through the education of teachers and business leaders, and he claims that this shift in ethics is necessary to support "more sustainable practices and policies, such as alternative energy adoption and ecosystems conservation."

Professor Douglas Zook received his PhD in Biology from Clark University. With his longtime colleague and friend, the late renowned evolutionary biologist Lynn Margulis, he established the international Microcosmos project, which taught the importance of microbial ecology through science teachers in six countries. Dr. Zook served as the President of the International Symbiosis Society and directed the Masters program in Science Education at Boston University for many years, helping more than 500 students become science teachers. Recipient of a Fulbright Scholar Distinguished Scholar award and recently a European Union Society/Environment/Technology award, he frequently lectures on climate change, global ecology and symbiosis overseas, particularly in collaboration with Jagiellonian University at his "second home", Krakow, Poland. Dr. Zook is an accomplished photographer, centered around his "Earth Gazes Back" ongoing exhibition of unique window reflection images, displayed in showings both in Europe and in Boston.

Friday, March 14

Starr Forum: Ukraine: What's Next?
Friday, March 14, 2014
MIT, Building E51-345, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

John Herbst, Director of the Center for Complex Operations at National Defense University and the former ambassador to Ukraine
Eugene Fishel, Division Chief in the Office of Russian and Eurasian Analysis of the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the Department of State
Oxana Shevel, Associate Professor of Political Science at Tufts University
Carol Saivetz, Research Affiliate at MIT Security Studies Program

Chairing the discussion:
Barry Posen, Director of the MIT Security Studies Program and Ford International Professor of Political Science

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Center for International Studies, Security Studies Program, MIT Russia
For more information, contact:


MacVicar Day 2014
Friday, March 14, 2014
MIT, Building  E15-070, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge
Symposium: 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Reception: 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Creating a Network of Mentors: A Roundtable
Join us to honor the 2014 MacVicar Faculty Fellows and celebrate the tradition of excellence in teaching at MIT. Dean Dennis Freeman will introduce the new Fellows and moderate a symposium focused on the ways we educate advisees and other undergraduates beyond the MIT classroom. The Roundtable will feature Professors David Darmofal, Nergis Mavalvala, Leslie Norford, and Stephen Tapscott, and Chemical Engineering major Justin Bullock '14.

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Office of Faculty Support, Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education, MacVicar Fellows
For more information, contact:  Office of Faculty Support


“The Art and Science of Solar Lights”
Olafur Eliasson with Harald Quintus-Bosz, Chief Technology Officer, Cooper Perkins
Friday, March 14
6:00 p.m.
MIT Museum, Building N51, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Free with MIT Museum admission
Second Fridays at the MIT Museum


“Climate Solutions: Meeting the Challenge”
Friday, March 14, 2014
Trinitarian Congregational Church, 54 Walden Street, Concord

Speaker: Frances Moore Lappé
ConcordCAN!, joining with five other local sponsors, is proud and excited to announce that the next major speaker in the “Climate Solutions” speaker series will be renowned author and speaker Frances Moore Lappé. Save the date now; and stand by for further details!

Frances Lappé is the author or co-author of 18 books including the three-million copy “Diet for a Small Planet.” Her most recent work, Eco-Mind, (released by Nation Books in September 2011) is the winner of a silver medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards in the Environment/Ecology/Nature category.

Frances Moore Lappé has brought her brilliant and original mind to deeply consider the question of how best to approach the climate crisis. In her Concord appearance on March 14, she will assure us “that solutions to global crises are right in front of our noses, and our real challenge is to free ourselves from self-defeating thought traps that keep us from bringing these solutions to life.” In keeping with her upbeat message, the event will open with the lively music of local singer-guitarist, Tom Yates. There will be a book signing and reception at the conclusion of her remarks.

The “Climate Solutions: Meeting the Challenge” speaker series is co-sponsored by six local organizations: ConcordCAN!, The League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle, the Social Action Community at First Parish in Concord, Musketaquid Arts and the Environment, Trinitarian Congregational Church, and Trinity Episcopal Church. What brings all of these organizations together is a common belief that solving the climate crisis is the most important challenge of our times and critical for the survival of all life on this planet.


"AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs" - Film Screening
Friday, March 14, 2014
MIT, Building 4-270, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

What does it mean to be an American revolutionary today? Grace Lee Boggs is a 98-year-old Chinese American woman in Detroit whose vision of revolution will surprise you. A writer, activist, and philosopher rooted for more than 70 years in the African American movement, she has devoted her life to an evolving revolution that encompasses the contradictions of America's past and its potentially radical future.

The documentary film, plunges us into Boggs's lifetime of vital thinking and action, traversing the major U.S. social movements of the last century; from labor to civil rights, to Black Power, feminism, the Asian American and environmental justice movements and beyond. Boggs's constantly evolving strategy-her willingness to re-evaluate and change tactics in relation to the world shifting around her-drives the story forward. Angela Davis, Bill Moyers, Bill Ayers, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Danny Glover, Boggs's late husband James and a host of Detroit comrades across three generations help shape this uniquely American story. As she wrestles with a Detroit in ongoing transition, contradictions of violence and non-violence, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, the 1967 rebellions, and non-linear notions of time and history, Boggs emerges with an approach that is radical in its simplicity and clarity: revolution is not an act of aggression or merely a protest. Revolution, is about the ability to transform oneself to transform the world.

Fifth Annual WOMEN TAKE THE REEL Film Festival.
WOMEN TAKE THE REEL is a FREE film festival that celebrates women's contributions to the film industry, their voices and their stories.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: FREE
Sponsor(s): Women's and Gender Studies, Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies, Comparative Media Studies|Writing, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Literature, Linguistics & Philosophy, Office of Minority Education and History.
For more information, contact:  The Friendly WGS Staff

Monday, March 17

Understanding the Urban Heritage: The Cultural Wire-Scape of Historic Lahore
Monday, March 17, 2014
MIT, Building 3-133, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Masood Khan, Heritage Consultant

Aga Khan Lecture Series

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: FREE
Sponsor(s): Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture
For more information, contact:  Jose Luis Arguello


ACT Lecture | Kazue Kobata: Migration Inside-Out: Contemplate, Imagine, Act
Monday, March 17, 2014
MIT, Building E15-001, ACT Cube, Wiesner Building, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Kazue Kobata
Art curator and professor Kazue Kobata will explore themes of political and personal transformation in connection with aspects of technology, medium, and experience as they unfold in Japanese cinema.

In 1982, Kazue Kobata opened Plan B in Nakano, Tokyo, Japan's first alternative art space run by artists. Her expansive career includes working as an adjunct curator and producer at MoMA PS1 (New York) and De Appel Arts Centre (Amsterdam). She has translated numerous books on philosophy, science, contemporary art, photography, music, performance, and fashion by authors including Susan Sontag, Laurie Anderson, Issey Miyake, Eiko Ishioka, Tony Godfrey, and Lyall Watson. Kobata has also worked with a number of established and experimental artists in film, video, and TV, including multimedia artist and film essayist Chris Marker. Currently she is Dean and Professor in the Department of Intermedia Art at the Tokyo National University of the Arts and she serves as a juror for a number of contemporary art awards, grants, and programs.

Experiments in Thinking, Action, and Form: Cinematic Migrations
Cinematic Migrations, as a conjoined designation, poses the notion of "migrations" in relation to "the cinematic" in an intentionally porous juxtaposition, conceived to allow a wide range of questions, interpretations and permutations to emerge. During this initial phase, the work of John Akomfrah, currently with Smoking Dogs Films and previously with Black Audio Film Collective, provides a focal point for examination, in conjunction with presentations of filmmakers, artists, and scholars participating in the related lecture series.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: FREE
Sponsor(s): Department of Architecture, School of Architecture and Planning, MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology
For more information, contact:  Laura Anca Chichisan

Tuesday, March 18

A Conversation with the Next Generation: A New Social Compact
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
MIT, Building 10-105, Bush Room, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Tom Kochan
What can the next generation of Americans do to reverse the declining standards of living they are inheriting from the baby boomers who benefited from the Golden Era of the American economy following WW II? This talk will lay out the challenges and opportunities facing young Americans, with a particular emphasis on education and recent innovations the enable widespread lifelong learning.

From pre-school to life-long-learning programs, all institutions of learning need to be active contributors to a new social contact. This includes providing affordable early childhood outreach educational opportunities, working collaboratively to reform elementary and secondary schools, building alliances with employers and labor groups to enhance professional development and lifelong learning, and transforming professional schools to ensure the next generation of leaders has the skills to build and sustain a social compact for the future.

We will also discuss what is needed from leaders of other institutions. such as business, government, and labor, to support efforts to build and sustain a new social compact.

xTalks: Digital Discourses
This series provides a forum to facilitate awareness, deep understanding and transference of educational innovations at MIT and elsewhere. We hope to foster a community of educators, researchers, and technologists engaged in developing and supporting effective learning experiences through online learning environments and other digital technologies. For more information, please visit

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: free
Sponsor(s): OEIT- Office of Educational Innovation and Technology
For more information, contact:  Molly Ruggles


Rights of Way
Tuesday, March 18,
6:00 pm
BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston
RSVP to with "Detroit 3/18" in the subject line

Join McLain Clutter—architect, writer, and assistant professor at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning—as he discusses the way Detroit's railways create abrupt demographic divisions within the city. This event will be held on Tuesday, March 18, at 6:00 pm at BSA Space (290 Congress Street, Boston). To attend, rsvp to with "Detroit 3/18" in the subject line. A reception will follow.


Space Day Conference
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
MIT, Building 66-110, 25 Ames Street, Cambridge

Come and listen to a unique face-to-face discussion on new frontiers of human space exploration and the impact on our lives!

The talks will be followed by a Q&A Session
Light refreshments will be served

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 19

Societies and Terrorist Violence: How Community Ties Influence Militant Groups' Targeting of Civilians
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
MIT, Building E40-496, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Risa Brooks, Marquette University

SSP Wednesday Seminar
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Security Studies Program
For more information, contact:


2014 Walk/Ride Day Corporate Challenge Kick-Off and 2013 Awards Celebration of Green Streets Initiative
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (EDT)
Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, 55 Broadway, Cambridge

Join us to kick off the 2014 Challenge and present Awards to the wonderful coordinators and participants of the 2013 Walk/Ride Day Corporate Challenge!
Network with your fellow workplace coordinators, competitors and challengers! And meet these honored guests:
Nicole Freedman, Director of the City of Boston's Boston Bikes
Kim Niedermaier, Director of Education for MassBike
Robert C. Johns, Director/Associate Administrator, Volpe, The National Transportation Systems Center
and other community leaders.
Share inspiring and informative ideas for ways to promote participation in Walk/Ride Days and foster mode change.
Raffle prizes and light food and drink. Special thanks to our hosts, the Volpe Center and to Pemberton Farms of Cambridge for providing delicious food.
More info at or by email at
Have questions about 2014 Walk/Ride Day Corporate Challenge Kick-Off and 2013 Awards Celebration? Contact Green Streets Initiative


Retired USMC Major General Michael R. Lehnert
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM (EDT)
Fisher College, Alumni Hall, 116 Beacon Street, Boston

Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, Major General Michael R. Lehnert to speak at Fisher College.  Steve Brown, reporter/anchor for WBUR & NPR to moderate the March 19th discussion.

About Major General Michael R. Lehnert:
Retired Marine Corps Major General Mike Lehnert was commissioned in 1973 as a combat engineer after his graduation from Central Michigan University. 
He participated in combat operations in Panama, Kuwait and Iraq.  In 2003 he led 5,000 Marines and Sailors during the initial invasion of Iraq in support of the 70,000 Marines who formed the I Marine Expeditionary Force.
During his 37 years active duty, he has held thirteen separate commands from platoon commander to Joint Task Force Commander.  He was the Chief of Staff Joint Task Force Panama charged with overseeing the turnover of the Panama Canal, Joint Task Group Commander in Guantanamo Bay Cuba during the Cuban migrant crisis, Commander Joint Task Force 160 to build and run detention facilities for Al Qaida and Taliban terrorists.  He commanded Marine Logistics Group Commander during Operation Iraqi Freedom.  His last assignment on active duty was regional commander for the seven Marine bases west of the Mississippi.
He was the subject of Karen Greenberg's book, "The Least Worst Place"   This book is used in many military and law schools as a study in ethical decision making. In 2010, the National Conflict Resolution Center honored him as their 2010 National Peacekeeper Award recipient.
Major General Lehnert serves as the Vice Chairman of the board for the Student Veterans of America.  SVA is a national veterans’ organization including over 800 active chapters throughout all 50 states and in three countries. It was formed in 2008 to ensure that student veterans achieve their educational goals in universities and achieve their academic potential.
He has been recognized by numerous environmental groups including the Sierra Club for his work recovering endangered species while still on active duty. Today he serves on the eleven person board of the Endangered Species Coalition. The Endangered Species Coalition is a national network of over 440 conservation, scientific, education, religious, sporting, outdoor recreation, business and community organizations working to protect our nation’s disappearing wildlife and last remaining wild places.
General Lehnert and his wife Denise live near Traverse City Michigan.  They have two sons.  Brendan received his neuro-science PhD from Harvard Medical School and works in China as a Luce Fellow.  Erik will receive his PhD from Stanford in bio-genetics in June 2013.
About Steve Brown:
Steve began his career in radio while still in high school in the late 1970s on Cape Cod. In 1979, during his freshman year at Emerson College, Steve began providing news reports from the Massachusetts State House for various radio stations around the state including WROR and WRKO in Boston, WMAS in Springfield, WNBH in New Bedford and WCIB in Falmouth.
In 1987, Steve joined the staff of WMJX and WMEX in Boston as a political and general assignment reporter, heading up the station’s award-winning coverage of the Dukakis presidential campaign. In the early 1990s, Steve began working in television as a reporter and writer at WLVI-TV in Boston, and later at WBZ-TV (CBS-4).
Steve returned to his radio roots in 2003 as an news anchor/host at WBUR, and has covered a variety of stories including the Boston Marathon Bombings and aftermath, the deadly shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, congressional redistricting, casino gambling, the state budget process and the passing of former Boston mayor, Kevin White.
When not working, Steve spends time as an amateur Genealogist and Beekeeper.


SSRC Seminar: Discovering Our Way to Greatness: Better Healthcare for More People More Affordably
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
MIT, Building E38-615, 292 Main Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Steven Spear, Sloan and ESD Senior Lecturer
Conversations on Sociotechnical Systems
Please join us for our first spring semester seminar in the Conversations on Sociotechnical Systems series. Steven Spear is a senior lecturer in both the MIT Sloan School of Management and Engineering Systems Division (ESD) and a senior fellow in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. He will discuss examples of transformation in the US healthcare system and illustrate a general theory for managing complex, dynamic, sociotechnical systems for exceptional performance. Light refreshments will be served.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Sociotechnical Systems Research Center
For more information, contact:  Jacqueline Paris 


World Energy and Energy Trends
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
MIT, Building 66-110, 20 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Piotr Galitzine, Chairman of the American Division of TMK - the world's largest steel pipemaker - will talk about trends and revolutions in hydrocarbon production worldwide. He will touch on new developments in horizontal shale drilling for both oil and gas, the emergence of the USA as a LNG exporter as well as what it means to world markets, the oil sands and their strategic importance to America specifically and the world at large. He will also touch on revolutionary trends in offshore, including gas production from frozen methanes (clathrates) and sub-sea mining for copper ore. Galitzine will also put these trends in prospective as regards world trade and geopolitical influence.

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative, MIT ILP, MIT Energy Club
For more information, contact:  MIT Energy Club

Thursday, March 20

"Risk, Perception, and Response" Conference
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Friday, March 21, 2014
Harvard School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston
Cost:  free

A conference focused on how to address the effects of risk misperception on behavior
Conference Overview
How people react to scientific evidence of risk is mediated by many factors, including how risk information is perceived and communicated, how we react to social and cultural influences, and how choices are structured. Examples abound of situations where individuals’ risk perceptions lead them to act in ways that appear contrary to their own interests, overreacting to or neglecting risks. How can situations in which individuals are likely to respond poorly be identified, and what can be done to improve their responses? To increase our understanding of the factors that contribute to these behaviors and to develop better options for fostering sound decisions, the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis commissioned a series of papers that will be presented at this March 20-21, 2014 conference.

Keynote Speaker
We are pleased to announce that Cass R. Sunstein will be the keynote speaker for HCRA’s Risk, Perception, and Response conference. Mr. Sunstein is the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard and founded the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy at Harvard Law School. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness (with Richard H. Thaler, 2008) and most recently Simpler: The Future of Government (2013). From 2009 to 2012, he was Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

Contact Name:  Lisa Robinson


South Africa’s “Negotiated Revolution” and Mandela’s Legacy: A Conversation with Roelf Meyer and Tim Phillips
WHEN  Thu., Mar. 20, 2014, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Law School, Wasserstein 1023, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Law, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School
SPEAKER(S)  Roelf Meyer, chief negotiator for the National Party in South Africa; Tim Phillips, co-founder of Beyond Conflict
NOTE   Join us for a discussion with Roelf Meyer and Tim Phillips on South Africa's remarkable “negotiated revolution” and its transition to a democratically elected government. What is Nelson Mandela’s legacy today?  What lessons can leaders in current conflict situations learn from South Africa?


MIT Water Night 2014
Thursday, 20 March 2014
5:00 pm
MIT Walker Memorial Hall

More information at


Farm Share Fair 2014
Thursday, March 20th, 2014
5:30-8:30 pm
Cambridge College, 1000 Mass Avenue, Cambridge
Do you love local, fresh food?  Have you been thinking about joining a CSA – a Farm Share? A Farm Share program allows you to receive a fabulous box of food every week directly from a Massachusetts farm.  Join us at Cambridge College on March 20th, 2014, and meet the fantastic farmers from across this state, and compare all the Boston-area options.  CSA’s aren’t just for produce anymore! Check out veggies, fruit, flowers, meat, fish eggs, dairy, chocolate, wine and specialty products.  Over 40 vendors will be at the fair, including some wonderful sustainable food product companies and service providers.  Spend your food dollars on locally grown, and sign up at the Farm Share Fair!

15% of the proceeds from The Farm Share Fair will be donated to theMOVE, a local Cambridge-based non-profit that brings urban youth and adults out to farms to learn about where their food comes from.

2014 Vendors:
Bay State Fish Share
Boston Organics
Cambridge Energy Alliance
Cape Cod Fish Share
Copicut Farms
Doves & Figs
Enterprise Farm
Farmer Dave’s
The Farm School
First Root Farm
The Food Project
Harvest Co-op
John Crow Farm
Lilac Hedge Farm
Q’s Nuts
Red Fire Farm
Shared Harvest CSA
Siena Farms
Silverbrook Farm
Somerville Chocolate CSA
Spindler Confections
Valley Green Feast
The Wine Bottega
World Peas CSA


Fraunhofer TechBridge Info Session
Thursday, March 20, 2014
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Venture Café (Cancun) @ CIC, One Broadway, Cambridge

Fraunhofer's TechBridge program gives innovative startup companies access to the applied R&D and technical validation resources of Fraunhofer through their Innovation Challenges. Stop by their conference room to learn about their current Challenge focused on efficient manufacturing or, more generally, gain an understanding of Fraunhofer’s technical development capabilities and brainstorm with them about how to work together.

More information at


Community + Entrepreneurship: Tim Rowe Talk
Kendall Square Association
Thursday, March 20, 2014
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)
Microsoft New England Research and Development Center, 1 Memorial Drive, 11th Floor, Cambridge,

Join members of the Kendall Square Association to hear from Tim Rowe as he steps down as KSA President.  The evening will include Tim's talk followed by a reception - food, drink and ping pong sponsored by MIT.

Tim Rowe
Born and raised in Cambridge, MA, Tim Rowe is the founder and CEO of Cambridge Innovation Center, which houses over 450 start-up companies and is perhaps the densest collection of startups anywhere in the world. Over 1000 companies have gotten their start at CIC since its founding in 1999, and venture capitalists have invested over $1.7B in these companies to date. Tim is also a founder and venture partner with New Atlantic Ventures, a $120M early-stage venture fund based in Kendall Square; a founder and current president of The Kendall Square Association, which seeks to promote the Kendall Square area as a global technology hub; and a founder of the Venture Café Foundation, a nonprofit which hosts the largest weekly networking gatherings for the entrepreneurial community in New England.

A graduate of the MIT Sloan School of Management and Amherst College, Tim has testified before the Senate Banking Committee and the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship as well as met with senior White House officials on promoting entrepreneurship at a national level. He was named one of Boston's "40 under 40" young business leaders by the Boston Business Journal and currently serves on several boards. He is fluent in Japanese and Spanish, and speaks basic Mandarin Chinese.


Expert Roundtable: Global Communications in a University
swissnex Boston
Thursday, March 20, 2014
8:00 AM to 10:00 AM (EDT)
swissnex Boston, Consulate of Switzerland, 420 Broadway, Cambridge

From MOOCs to specialized degrees, today's global higher education landscape is changing rapidly. Students have more options and universities must be reaching them through multiple channels. Now, more than ever before, universities' communications strategies are a key factor in the future of the institutions.
swissnex Boston invites you to participate in an expert roundtable discussion around universities international communications strategies. This discussion will be led by Roland Baumann, Head of Public Relations at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich). Roland is currently on sabbatical at swissnex Boston, looking into different international communication strategies at North American universities.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Lia Breunig at

If you cannot attend this event, please feel free to pass the invitiation on to another colleague in university communications.

Roland Baumann
Head Public Relations
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich)

Roland Baumann studied Economics and Russian Literature at University of Zurich. Later he qualified as eidg. dipl. PR consultant. Already during his studies he worked as consultant for a small business consultancy. After some years as a business consultant, he joined the Swiss National Bank's communications department. He focused on media relations, intranet and internet, and took care of various communications projects. Roland Baumann joined Corporate Communications at ETH Zurich in May 2007 and is heading thePublic Relations team.

Friday, March 21

"Risk, Perception, and Response" Conference
Friday, March 21, 2014
Harvard School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston
Cost:  free

A conference focused on how to address the effects of risk misperception on behavior
Conference Overview
How people react to scientific evidence of risk is mediated by many factors, including how risk information is perceived and communicated, how we react to social and cultural influences, and how choices are structured. Examples abound of situations where individuals’ risk perceptions lead them to act in ways that appear contrary to their own interests, overreacting to or neglecting risks. How can situations in which individuals are likely to respond poorly be identified, and what can be done to improve their responses? To increase our understanding of the factors that contribute to these behaviors and to develop better options for fostering sound decisions, the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis commissioned a series of papers that will be presented at this March 20-21, 2014 conference.

Keynote Speaker
We are pleased to announce that Cass R. Sunstein will be the keynote speaker for HCRA’s Risk, Perception, and Response conference. Mr. Sunstein is the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard and founded the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy at Harvard Law School. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness (with Richard H. Thaler, 2008) and most recently Simpler: The Future of Government (2013). From 2009 to 2012, he was Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

Contact Name:  Lisa Robinson


The 2014 CF/LANR Colloquium
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday March 21-23, 2014
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA USA.

This event will mark the 25th anniversary of the announcement of the discovery of cold fusion by Drs. Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons on March 23, 1989.

While mainstream science institutions have refused to acknowledge the field, the breakthrough energy science has developed in part through the International Conference on Cold Fusion (ICCF) which has held eighteen events that bring scientists together from around the world to discuss their findings. The next ICCF-19 is scheduled for March 2015, which makes the 2014 LANR/CF Colloquium one of the year’s top cold fusion meetings.

Sponsored by JET Energy, Inc. and Nanortech, companies headed by Dr. Mitchell Swartz, the CF/LANR Colloquium is the sixth such event held since 2005 that discusses both the scientific and engineering aspects of cold fusion, also called lattice-assisted nuclear reactions (LANR), including theory, physics, electrochemistry, material science, metallurgy, physics, and electrical-engineering.

JET Energy and Nanortech produced theNANOR-device demonstrated at MIT during the 2012 Cold Fusion 101 course, which ran continuously for five months and was open-to-the-public. The NANOR is a tiny, dry, pre-loaded with hydrogen fuel, nano-material, two-terminal component that generate excess energy gain. Massachusetts State SenatorBruce Tarr witnessed the event, and is now a supporter of the pioneer technology.
2014 Colloquium speakers include Peter Hagelstein, Mitchell Swartz, Larry Forsley, Frank Gordon, Pamela Mosier-Boss, George Miley, Tom Claytor, Mel Miles, John Dash, Yiannis Hadjichristos, Yeong Kim, Brian Ahern, Robert Smith, John Fisher, Vladimir Vysotskii,Yasuhiro Iwamura, and Charles Beaudette.



"Transit Equity"
Friday, March 21
6:00 pm
BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston

John A. Powell, professor of law, African American Studies and Ethnic Studies, and executive director of the Haas Diversity Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley, will speak about transit equity's key role in Boston's upcoming transportation visioning. To attend this free event, with "Traffic 3/21" in the subject line. Seats are extremely limited. Reserve yours today!

Saturday, March 22

World Water Day
Saturday, March 22, 2014
World Wide - Toute le Monde - Todo el Mundo

There comes a time when the flow of the Universe is so powerful that the best thing we can do is get out of the way and let it be.
And when the time is right
And our foundation is strong
We spread our wings
And jump into the river of life
To create a Massive Movement
That changes the World Forever!

This year, with our collective participation, we UNIFY to a whole new octave of awesome. The Spiritual Renaissance takes its next Leap in Evolution this March 22nd, World Water Day.

For World Water Day, we invite you to dedicate this day to this sacred substance that sustains all life on this planet. Get creative and inspired. Gather EVERY meditator, person who prays, artist and yogi in your community to join you at a sacred source of water in your region - at the water, in the water, or on the water!

At Noon in your local time zone be at, on or in a sacred body water as you anchor the global wave of blessings moving across the earth.

At 3pm PST join the global synchronized moment where we will UNIFY our intentions and prayers and restore the sacred relationship between Humanity and Water.

Before: Find ways that fit for you to help spread the Love and invite your friends!
During: Take photos and videos and blog about it.
After: Share with the UNIFY networks.

The Voice of Water and the Natural World is speaking loudly now to get our attention. Are you going to answer the call?

With Deepest Gratitude for all that you have done for the greater good of all life everywhere.
- The UNIFY family

UNIFY launched on December 21st, 2012 serving the emerging Unification of the sacred on earth. It has grown beyond anything we could have ever imagined. Millions have organized meditations, prayers and mystical activism vigils and events.

Mystical Activism is Spiritual action to effect change in a deep and profound way for the protection of Love, Truth, the Sacred and Life. Walking a sacred path that is true and genuine for one.


LibrePlanet 2014
Saturday, March 22, 2014
MIT, Building 32-1xx, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

How can free software protect journalists, whistleblowers, activists, and regular computer users from government and corporate surveillance? How can free software, or free software values like copyleft, community development, and transparency, be used by people fighting to create free societies around the world? What challenges are standing between us and our goal of free software ubiquity? With your help, we'll tackle these questions and more at LibrePlanet 2014: Free Software, Free Society.

At LibrePlanet, we bring together software developers, policy experts, activists, and computer users to learn skills, share accomplishments, and address challenges to software freedom. Newcomers are always welcome, and LibrePlanet 2014 will feature programming for all ages and experience levels. LibrePlanet 2014 is produced in partnership by the Free Software Foundation with the Student Information Processing Board (SIPB) at MIT. Of course, FSF members and students attend LibrePlanet at no cost. More information is available at

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Student Information Processing Board (SIPB), Free Software Foundation (FSF)
For more information, contact:  Justin Dove


Spring Planting 2014
March 22, 2014
2:00 PM until 5:00 PM
St. Katherine Drexel Church, 517 Blue Hill Avenue, Grove Hall, Dorchester

The Green Neighbors Education Committee, Inc. and the Foundation for a Green Future, Inc. present: Spring Planting 2014
A free event to help people learn how to grow your own fresh, healthy nutritious foods.
Information tables, displays and demonstrations.
Learn to grow food at your own home, in your yard, on your porch, inside your house!
Our co-sponsors include:  The Food Project - Freedom House - Project RIGHT - ABCD Roxbury North Dorchester APAC - BostonCAN

Information tables, displays and demonstrations including:
Victory Programs – Revision Urban Farm - Co-op Power - Boston Vegetarian Society - Next Step Living - Al Freshco - Landless Gardens – grow food in only two square feet of
space! - Massachusetts Master Gardener’s Association - The Leah Collective - Gayhead Street Green Block - Agricultural Hall - And more!
Are you interested in volunteering? Please contact me.
Owen Toney
Green Neighbors Education Committee, Inc.
(617) 427-6293 (voice, no text)
Please forward to your lists!
This is a FREE event!

Sunday, March 23

LibrePlanet 2014
Sunday, March 23, 2014
MIT, Building 32-1xx, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

How can free software protect journalists, whistleblowers, activists, and regular computer users from government and corporate surveillance? How can free software, or free software values like copyleft, community development, and transparency, be used by people fighting to create free societies around the world? What challenges are standing between us and our goal of free software ubiquity? With your help, we'll tackle these questions and more at LibrePlanet 2014: Free Software, Free Society.

At LibrePlanet, we bring together software developers, policy experts, activists, and computer users to learn skills, share accomplishments, and address challenges to software freedom. Newcomers are always welcome, and LibrePlanet 2014 will feature programming for all ages and experience levels. LibrePlanet 2014 is produced in partnership by the Free Software Foundation with the Student Information Processing Board (SIPB) at MIT. Of course, FSF members and students attend LibrePlanet at no cost. More information is available at

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Student Information Processing Board (SIPB), Free Software Foundation (FSF)

For more information, contact:  Justin Dove

Monday, March 24

Boston Big Data and Analytics Unconference
March 24 - 28, 2014
Starting at 17:00 - 21:00
Boston, MA
Royal Sonesta / Microsoft NERD
Cost: $12

AnalyticsWeek is a weeklong Big Data & Analytics unconference to be held between March 24 and March 28, 2014 in the heart of Boston. As we keep getting more and more tools in big data landscape, it is imperative that the process of performing bigdata analytics needs a better focus. Our effort during this unconference is to initiate discussions around enterprise challenges about bigdata and how does enterprise see analytics process evolving over the next year. A clear understanding of enterprise challenges will fuel the need for building sustainable frameworks and maintain a consistent strategy for handling big data.

More information at


Three Squares: The Invention of the American Meal
Monday, March 24
6 PM
Boston University School of Theology, Room B19, 745 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Speaker:  Abigail Carroll, PhD, American Studies, Boston University

Presented in conjunction with MET ML 622, History of Food

Tuesday, March 25

Somerville, MA: Cleantech Open Northeast Info Session
Cleantech Open Northeast
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
Greentown Labs, 28 Dane Street, Somerville

Are you an energy or environmental entrepreneur looking for ways to accelerate your startup, expand your cleantech network, and explore funding opportunities?
Join us for an intimate briefing to hear from the Northeast Region of the Cleantech Open business accelerator program and competition and learn more about how the program can help you grow your cleantech venture, or mentor entrepreneurs looking to solve our biggest environmental and energy challenges.

Come and ask questions of Cleantech Open staff and volunteers learn about the program and explore what the Cleantech Open can offer you, whether you are an entrepreneur, prospective mentor, or simply wish to learn more!
Ready to enter the Northeast competition?
Learn more and submit your application here!
About the Cleantech Open
The mission of the Cleantech Open is to find, fund, and foster the big ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental, and economic challenges.
To accomplish this mission, the Cleantech Open provides the infrastructure, expertise and strategic relationships to turn ideas into successful global cleantech companies. Through its one-of-a-kind annual business competition and mentorship program, the Cleantech Open has helped hundreds of clean technology startups bring their breakthrough ideas to fruition. Since 2006, the Cleantech Open has awarded over $6 million in cash and services to support cleantech startups. The 727 participating companies have raised more than $800 million in external capital. 


Net Neutrality and the Future of Internet Access
Tuesday, March 25
Tufts University’s Tisch Library, Room 304, 35 Professors Row, Medford
Free and open to the public

Panelists Include:
Candace Clement, Advocacy & Organizing Manager, Free Press
Daniel Lyons, Assistant Professor, Boston College Law School
Cara Lisa Berg Powers, Co-Director, Press Pass TV
David Talbot, Chief Correspondent, MIT Technology Review
Moderator: Nina Huntemann, Associate Professor, Suffolk University

What do you know about net neutrality? What services will consumers have access to in the future? What does the future hold for open media in the US?
Net Neutrality allows for an Open Internet, which “is the Internet as we know it, a level playing field where consumers can make their own choices about what applications and services to use, and where consumers are free to decide what content they want to access, create, or share with others.”-Federal Communications Commission

On Jan. 14, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Order.

In translation, Net Neutrality is temporarily dead (for now). For these serious reasons, Somerville Community Access Television has organized a special event to have a conversation on this current issues that will impact many Internet users, far and wide, who use the web each day.

The event is co-sponsored by Wicked Local Somerville,  Arlington Community Media, Inc., Cambridge Community Television, Boston Neighborhood Network, and Massachusetts Pirate Party.

More information at

Thursday, March 27

Boston Tech-Security Conference
Thursday, March 27, 2014
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PDT)
Two Cambridge Center, 50 Broadway, Cambridge

The Boston Tech-Security Conference will be held at the Boston Marriott Cambridge at Two Cambridge Center on Thursday, March 27th at 8:15am and will feature vendor exhibits and industry leading speakers discussing current IT security topics such as cloud security, social media security, personal devices security, wireless security, compliance & more. IPod’s, $50-$100 gift cards, cash and lots of other prizes.

Register for a COMPLIMENTARY ticket at

Breakfast, lunch, conference materials and entrance into the speaker sessions and exhibit area included. Conference qualifies for (8) CPE credits and Certificates of Attendance.


Babson Energy Conference:  Fifteen Shades of Green
March 27
9am - 6:30pm
Babson, 231 Forest Street, Wellesley
Cost:  $20-90

This year's conference - Fifteen Shades of Green - is about how energy efficiency and sustainability has evolved into an integral part of every industry helping grow the top line and breaking the long held myth that sustainability is a cost center.  Speakers include Jigar Shah and Doug Foy.

The Babson Energy and Environmental Club Conference is a flagship event highlighting Babson's committment to Social, Environmental, Economic Responsibility, and Sustainability (SEERS).  For the past seven years the conference has brought together thinkers and leaders on the cutting edge of green business and awareness. At the 2014 conference, speakers spanning mainstream and cutting edge industries will discuss these challenges and obstacles centered on one main focus - what the implications of evolving energy and environmental circumstances mean for businesses.

For more information about this year's conference, please go to

Babson Energy and Environment Club


A Conversation on Civic Technology
Thursday, March 27, 2014
5:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
Microsoft Research & Development Center, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

In coordination with the Venture Café Foundation, the Microsoft Innovation and Policy Center will convene a conversation on Civic Tech on March 27, 2014, 5:30PM – 7:30PM at Microsoft New England Research & Development.   

Boston’s innovation community has had great successes recently in working with government officials to empower and inform citizens. Some examples have included Citizens Connect, Will they tow me?, Localocracy and NearbyFYI. We now want to expand the conversation on Civic Technology to address the harder and broader problems that the public groups are facing.

The questions that we plan to address in this evening conversation are:
What is Civic Technology?
What problems are we trying to solve?
What is the role of citizen engagement?
How do we make it easier for the technology community to connect with public officials about their problems?

We have lined up people from various parts of the public and private communities to spark the conversation and then invite the attendees to engage in the discussion. Panelists include:
Kate Crawford, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research (Social Media Collective), a Visiting Professor at the MIT Center for Civic Media, a Senior Fellow at the Information Law Institute at NYU, and an Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales.
Nigel Jacob, New Urban Mechanics
Carlos Martinez-Vela, Executive Director, Venture Café Foundation

About Microsoft Innovation and Policy Center New England
The Microsoft Innovation and Policy Center aims for Microsoft to be “of” the community, not just exist within it.
Through the Innovation and Policy Center we are extending beyond the tech community to:
Connect stakeholders from tech to the broader business, academic and government communities;
Catalyze important technology and public policy discussions, and;
Contribute more directly with the health and vitality of greater New England.
About Venture Café Foundation
The Venture Café Foundation (VCF) provides resources for the entrepreneurial and innovation communities that enable conversations and collaborations. The Venture Café Foundation presently runs four resource programs: Venture Café, District Hall, Mass Bay Innovation Alliance (MBIA), and Captains of Innovation Program. The Venture Café Foundation is a not-for-profit, public-purpose sister organization of the Cambridge Innovation Center. VCF is incorporated as a Massachusetts Not-for-Profit Corporation.

Saturday, March 29

TEDxBeaconStreet Event
Saturday, March 29
4-9 PM
B.I.G., 46 Tappan Street, Brookline

Audience max is 180, will open up registration soon. If you can't wait for our next conference in November, plan to participate in this smaller, more intimate version of TEDxBeaconStreet (after each talk in the state of the art recording there will be a q&a with the speakers in a 40 person movie theater.

If you have an idea, a story, a demo, an experience that you believe could be considered please submit it for consideration (deadline is Thursday February 10).
We are looking for talks that range in length from 3-12 minutes.  They can be: an innovative idea, a brand new piece of work or research, a unique "how to", an amazing personal story, an incredible demo, a slide show of remarkable photos, a startling piece of film, smart stand-up comedy, or great music, anything that you think would fascinate, excite, educate, inspire or delight.  Speaker nomination HERE

If chosen for a TEDxBeaconStreet event, a talk requires serious preparation and rehearsal, so by submitting your proposal please note that you are committing to that.  A TEDx talk is not like any other talk - ask any of our speakers!

Sunday, March 30

The Meadow Project:  A Movie
Sunday, March 30
2 to 4 pm
Maynard Ecology Center, basement of Neville Place, 650 Concord Avenue, Cambridge

If you are tired of mowing your lawn or looking at the monotony of grass, this film may inspire you. It addresses ecological problems caused by the extensive planting of non-native grass lawns in the United States. Through her own experience, producer Catherine Zimmerman shares her insight on turf alternatives that offer great health, aesthetic, and ecological benefits. We will have refreshments and time for discussion.


Where is the best yogurt on the planet made? Somerville, of course!

Join the Somerville Yogurt Making Cooperative and get a weekly quart of the most thick, creamy, rich and tart yogurt in the world. Membership in the coop costs $2.50 per quart. Members share the responsibility for making yogurt in our kitchen located just outside of Davis Sq. in FirstChurch.  No previous yogurt making experience is necessary.

For more information checkout.


Cambridge Residents: Free Home Thermal Images

Have you ever wanted to learn where your home is leaking heat by having an energy auditor come to your home with a thermal camera?  With that info you then know where to fix your home so it's more comfortable and less expensive to heat.  However, at $200 or so, the cost of such a thermal scan is a big chunk of change.

HEET Cambridge has now partnered with Sagewell, Inc. to offer Cambridge residents free thermal scans.

Sagewell collects the thermal images by driving through Cambridge in a hybrid vehicle equipped with thermal cameras.  They will scan every building in Cambridge (as long as it's not blocked by trees or buildings or on a private way).  Building owners can view thermal images of their property and an analysis online. The information is password protected so that only the building owner can see the results.

Homeowners, condo-owners and landlords can access the thermal images and an accompanying analysis free of charge. Commercial building owners and owners of more than one building will be able to view their images and analysis for a small fee.

The scans will be analyzed in the order they are requested.

Go to  Type in your address at the bottom where it says "Find your home or building" and press return.  Then click on "Here" to request the report.

That's it.  When the scans are done in a few weeks, your building will be one of the first to be analyzed. The accompanying report will help you understand why your living room has always been cold and what to do about it.

With knowledge, comes power (or in this case saved power and money, not to mention comfort).


Free solar electricity analysis for MA residents


HEET has partnered with NSTAR and Mass Save participating contractor Next Step Living to deliver no-cost Home Energy Assessments to Cambridge residents.

During the assessment, the energy specialist will:

Install efficient light bulbs (saving up to 7% of your electricity bill)
Install programmable thermostats (saving up to 10% of your heating bill)
Install water efficiency devices (saving up to 10% of your water bill)
Check the combustion safety of your heating and hot water equipment
Evaluate your home’s energy use to create an energy-efficiency roadmap
If you get electricity from NSTAR, National Grid or Western Mass Electric, you already pay for these assessments through a surcharge on your energy bills. You might as well use the service.

Please sign up at or call Next Step Living at 866-867-8729.  A Next Step Living Representative will call to schedule your assessment.

HEET will help answer any questions and ensure you get all the services and rebates possible.

(The information collected will only be used to help you get a Home Energy Assessment.  We won’t keep the data or sell it.)

(If you have any questions or problems, please feel free to call HEET’s Jason Taylor at 617 441 0614.)


Sustainable Business Network Local Green Guide

SBN is excited to announce the soft launch of its new Local Green Guide, Massachusetts' premier Green Business Directory!

To view the directory please visit:
To find out how how your business can be listed on the website or for sponsorship opportunities please contact Adritha at


Free Monthly Energy Analysis

CarbonSalon is a free service that every month can automatically track your energy use and compare it to your past energy use (while controlling for how cold the weather is). You get a short friendly email that lets you know how you’re doing in your work to save energy.


Boston Food System

"The Boston Food System [listserv] provides a forum to post announcements of events, employment opportunities, internships, programs, lectures, and other activities as well as related articles or other publications of a non-commercial nature covering the area's food system - food, nutrition, farming, education, etc. - that take place or focus on or around Greater Boston (broadly delineated)."

The Boston area is one of the most active nationwide in terms of food system activities - projects, services, and events connected to food, farming, nutrition - and often connected to education, public health, environment, arts, social services and other arenas.   Hundreds of organizations and enterprises cover our area, but what is going on week-to-week is not always well publicized.
Hence, the new Boston Food System listserv, as the place to let everyone know about these activities.  Specifically:
Use of the BFS list will begin soon, once we get a decent base of subscribers.  Clarification of what is appropriate to announce and other posting guidelines will be provided as well.

It's easy to subscribe right now at


Artisan Asylum

Sprout & Co:  Community Driven Investigations

Greater Boston Solidarity Economy Mapping Project
a project by Wellesley College students that invites participation, contact

------------------------'s Guide to Boston


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